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Shollie

(Collie/German Shepherd Dog mix)
Shollie

Form and Function

Combining the speed and grace of the Collie with the courage and loyalty of the German Shepherd Dog, the Shollie is an intelligent mix that is growing in popularity. This larger-sized mixed dog breed has a thick, long coat that comes in a variety of colors. Shollies may have the traditional black and brown markings of the German Shepherd Dog. Alternately, they may be light brown, white and brown, golden or black and white.

A smart dog that wants to learn, Shollies do best with a devoted pet parent who will embrace their high level of attention and exercise needs. Understanding the qualities that comprise both the Collie and German Shepherd Dog will help prepare new Shollie parents in getting to know this charming, enthusiastic mixed-breed.

Breed Traits

Energy Level

5 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

5 out of 5

Playfulness

4 out of 5

Affection Level

4 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

2 out of 5

Watchfulness

4 out of 5

Ease of Training

4 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

3 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

3 out of 5

Vocality

5 out of 5

Breed Attributes

Type

Herding Mixed Breed

Weight

70 – 80 lbs

Height

70 – 80 lbs

Family

Livestock, Herding

Area of Origin

Scotland (Collie), Germany (German Shepherd Dog)

Date of Origin

1800s

Other Names

Collie/German Shepherd Dog mix

History

The exact date when the Shollie was first created is uncertain. It’s likely the two breeds were combined and labeled as a mixed-breed dog long before the term “Shollie” was first coined. With gaining popularity, now when combined, a Collie and German Shepherd Dog have offspring that fall into the “designer dog mix” category: A Shollie.

With both parent breeds known as smart, athletic and strong herders, a Shollie cross-bred dog is likely to exemplify these traits.

Temperament

As a cross-breed, it’s important to remember that a Shollie is likely to exhibit the temperament of either or both of its originating breeds. A Shollie’s parent breeds are both smart and affectionate, so this hybrid dog is likely eager to learn, highly driven, protective of their families and very loving.

The German Shepherd Dog can be wary of strangers though incredibly devoted to their pet parents. Their strong personality may prove assertive toward other dogs but is generally accepting of other pets.

The Collie is more mild-mannered in temper but equally willing to please. Like the German Shepherd Dog, the Collie can be stubborn. Collies and other herding breeds may even nip at the heels during play. The nipping is related to their herding drive; it’s something they naturally do as herding breeds round up sheep and other livestock. Some Collies are known for their love of speaking and may bark more than other breeds.

Exercise and room to run, play and explore are needed for the Shollie, so they aren’t often suitable for someone with a small apartment. Whether walking, jogging, excelling in herding trials, or working in military or police roles, the Shollie’s temperament packs an energetic punch.

Shollies are also likely to be extremely intelligent, so any family considering this mix-breed should plan ways to keep their dog’s brains active and entertained. Food-puzzles, positive-reinforcement training exercises done daily or other dog-friendly sports will help keep your Shollie from finding their own fun.

Upkeep

Shollies tend to have longer, thicker coats and regular brushing is required. As they likely will shed more twice a year, brush more often. Like all breeds, baths are needed and nails should be clipped regularly. Regular teeth brushing and ear maintenance will help keep your Shollie happy and healthy in addition to regular veterinary care.

As both parent breeds are herders, channeling a Shollie’s inner herding drive is a wonderful form of exercise. Learning games and mental stimulation are a must for this highly motivated dog. With a healthy diet and frequent physical activity, a Shollie’s healthy weight can be maintained.

Health

Major Concerns: Bloat, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia

Minor Concerns: Allergies, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism

Occasionally Seen: Seizures, congenital deafness, cherry eye, cataracts, skin disorders, GI disorders

Suggested Tests: Hip and elbow dysplasia (DNA for myelopathy), eye, (DNA for CEA), DNA for PRA, DNA for drug sensitivity

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Notes: Collies may be sensitive to ivermectin. Homozygous merles may have visual or hearing problems. German Shepherd Dogs are especially susceptible to a potentially fatal systemic fungal infection from Aspergillus.

Disclaimer

Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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